Waste and recycling in multi-unit developments

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Multi-unit developments (MUDs), mainly in the CBD and inner Melbourne but also in regional Victoria, has seen significant growth in recent years.

Emerging waste streams, such as organics and e-waste also creates new management considerations in the design of buildings and how they function.

Better Practice Guide for Waste Management and Recycling in Multi-unit Developments

In line with the Apartment Design Standards developed by the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning to improve the liveability of apartments in Victoria, a new Guide to Better Practice for Waste Management and Recycling in Multi-unit Developments has been developed to improve waste management practices and increase recycling in MUDs.

Sustainability Victoria (SV) undertook public consultation of the guide in July 2018. SV wishes to thank all individuals and organisations that participated in workshops and submitted feedback, as this has been critical in the development of the final guide.

Online calculator - multi-unit and commercial development waste and recycling generation rates

We have also developed a calculator to help estimate the number of garbage and recycling bins, and storage areas required for MUDs. You should use this in conjunction with the better practice guide.

Open the calculator

Guidance for local councils

The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has developed a toolkit to assist local councils to adopt and implement waste management planning considerations for multi-unit developments (3 storeys and below) into their planning approvals process.

For more information, visit the Multi-unit developments toolkit page on the MWRRG website.

Download the resources

Better Practice Guide for Waste Management and Recycling in Multi-unit Developments (At a glance)

Guidance at a glance for architects, building designers, developers, planners and waste management officers to effectively manage waste in multi-unit developments.

Better Practice Guide for Waste Management and Recycling in Multi-unit Developments

Guidance for architects, building designers, developers, planners and waste management officers to effectively manage waste in multi-unit development (MUDs).

MUDs Waste Management Plan checklist

Checklist for architects, building designers, developers, planners and waste management officers to effectively manage waste in multi-unit development (MUDs).

MUDs Waste Management Plan template

To be used in accordance with the Appendices contained in the Guide to Better Practice for Waste Management and Recycling in Multi-unit Developments.

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Better Apartments Design Standards

New apartment design standards for Victoria.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Sam Trowse

Project Lead, Land Use Planning

03 8626 8853

sam.trowse@sustainability.vic.gov.au